Can you believe it's October, mama?
There is so much going on and so much to do (need some Halloween costume inspo?) in the next few weeks that it's easy to miss all the stories making headlines across the internet. Luckily, we're here to bring you the good news stories that may have slipped through your feed faster than you could see them.
Here are the stories that made us smile this week:
This mom's viral snack hack is low-waste genius
Food waste and repeated requests for snacks are definitely two things we could do with less of, so it's no wonder one mom's genius hack for snack prep is going viral. Buffalo-based mom Sarah Hornung is the school administrator behind The Eager Teacher blog and when she posted a photo of her fridge to her Facebook page she got thousands of shares and comments from parents who love her low-effort snack solution.
When Hornung gets home from shopping she just stocks the fridge door with ready-to-eat snacks that she's cool with her kids having access to. That access means they're not asking her for snacks all the time and the veggies aren't rotting unseen in the crisper.
It's a total win-win.
"After grocery shopping I always wash and prep all of the food that is considered self-serve in our house. Self-serve for my kiddos means help yourself without asking and it's always an okay snack (any time of day, bedtime snacks, etc.) It also helps me when I'm packing lunches and snacks, or as a side dish when dinner doesn't include something they will definitely eat or if we have a busy/late night. There's something about having things truly ready to grab that makes kids eat it. I could leave the baby carrots in a bag or leave the grapes on the stems but they wouldn't eat it," she writes.
Sarah Hornung, you are a genius, mama.
We love how this hack fosters independence in the kids while getting good food into them! After all, we don't spend all that money on fruit and vegetables just to feed the compost bin.
Cop goes viral when a routine stop turns into a surprise roadside birth
When Florida cop Robert Pounds pulled over a car going 63 miles per hour in a 45 zone he probably expected the usual excuses, but he didn't expect to see a panicked father and mama who was about to have a baby. At 4:30 in the morning Pounds pulled over a couple who were legitimately on the way to the hospital with no time to waste.
According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office, Pounds called for an ambulance but soon realized he would be delivering this baby instead of writing a ticket.
"He delivered a beautiful baby girl and made sure the mom was OK and the infant was breathing." the police department wrote on its Facebook page. Another cop showed up and snapped a photo of Pounds with the baby girl's proud (and probably relieved) dad and EMS arrived to get mama and baby to the hospital.
It was a traffic stop this Sheriff's Office Deputy will never forget.
Little boy goes viral for doing a newborn photoshoot with his doll
We love a newborn photoshoot. Pictures of little babies all cuddled up with mom or dad or swaddled against a beautiful background make our hearts flutter, and the latest shoot to go viral is hitting us with double the cuteness. As People reports, this week a 4-year-old boy named Jynsen Fitz and his favorite baby doll, named Three, went viral. The story behind their adorable photos is super cute, too.
Jynsen's mom Ashley owns Ashley Mae Photography and newborn shoots are a big part of her business. Her son noticed and asked her to take some shots of him with Three. "This evening as I was editing, my youngest son informed me that his baby girl, named 'Three,' has not had her pictures taken," she wrote in a post that has since gone viral. "I warned him that 'Three' was slightly too old to get all of the curly newborn poses. He wanted to give it a go anyway. Little booger was wide awake the ENTIRE time 🙄 But, I still managed to get some super cute shots! ❤️"
In an interview with Today, Ashley explained that most people commenting on her pics have been supportive, but some have been critical of the fact that her son is playing with dolls, and that Three has darker skin than Jynsen does. But Jynsen has loved Three since he picked her out at the store and his mama has no time for people who shame him about that.
"I always stand up for him and I always will. I am teaching him to love no matter the color," Fitz told the outlet. "I am teaching him to stand tall when you need to … there's nothing wrong with him playing with a doll, and one day he will make a very caring and nurturing person and maybe dad if that's what he chooses to become. But I will leave that up to him."
We love it mama! Boys can be caregivers and there is nothing wrong with that.
This cheerleader jumped off a parade float to save a choking 2-year-old 👏
High school senior Tyra Winters is going viral after the cheerleader literally jumped into action and saved a child's life. As CBS DFW reports, Tyra was on a float during her school's homecoming parade when she heard someone calling for help in the crowd.
It was Nicole Hornback, and she was yelling because her 2-year-old son, Clarke, was choking on a piece of candy. It was such a surprise she almost didn't notice.
"I was sitting right next to him. I just happened to look over. There was no noise, no coughing, no breathing," she told CBS DFW.
Hornback attempted to do the Heimlich maneuver, but she had never been trained in the first aid skill. Luckily, Winters had. So the teen jumped off the parade float and grabbed Clarke out of his mama's arms.
"He was turning purple, so I immediately jumped off the float, I ran down to the kiddo, and I was like, 'I got him' and I grabbed him from the mom. I grabbed him and tilted him and I gave a good three back thrusts and he ended up spitting up," Winters told reporters.
Clarke was breathing again and his mother is eternally grateful to the high school senior who saved his life.
"She saved my baby," said Hornback. "I commend her for being a teenager and being trained."
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents complete a certified first-aid course so that they can act in a situation like this. You can find classes in your community through the American Red Cross website.
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